Culinary Group

All Austin Herb Society members are welcome to attend. Meetings are for AHS members only.

Formed in 2004 by longtime members Betty Williamson and Sara Holland, the AHS Culinary Group offers a fun, informal opportunity to exchange information on using herbs in everyday cooking. With a host of impressive cooks and well-tuned appetites, the Culinary Group allows members to share ideas and experiences as well as experiment with new herbs in new ways.

2017-2018 Culinary Calendar*

Meetings are held at 11 a.m. the third Friday of most months at the American Botanical Council, 6200 Manor Rd. unless otherwise noted.
* No meetings in December, June, July or August

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AHS Culinary Group (open to members only)

September 15, 2017

Fermentation Education: yogurt, kombucha, kefir,
sourdough bread, pickles, sauerkraut and more.
Members speak & demonstrate.

October 20, 2017
Ethiopian Cuisine and frankincense Coffee Ceremony
lunch outing - Woinee Mariam, restaurant chef-owner.
LOCATION: Taste of Ethiopia
3801 S. Congress Ave, Austin

November 17, 2017
Hops Herb of the Year: Learn about
brewing, drink beer & eat at a local
100% plant-based vegan taproom.
LOCATION: The Beer Plant
3110 Windsor Rd, Austin

January 19, 2018
Tea Party! Bring your best teapot, cup & saucer
and your favorite dried or fresh tea to steep
and share as we discuss camellia sinensis
leaves and herbal tisanes while eating tea snacks.
Fancy hats optional!

February 16, 2018
Chinese Lunar New Year Celebration!
Karla Renaud, AHS member who has lived in
China & Taiwan, and is a Chinese Medicine herbalist

March 16, 2018
Your Favorite Culinary Herb: members give fifteen
5-minute talks on growing, drying, and cooking plus
bring food made with their favorite herb.

April 20, 2018

Gochujang, kim chi and bi bim bap!
Korean cuisine shopping tour and lunch outing.
LOCATION: Hana World Market
1700 W. Parmer Ln Austin
then lunch at Korean Grill
10901 N Lamar Blvd in
Chinatown Center complex.

May 18, 2018
Using Herbs and Spices for Cooking Meats
Andrew Risner of Franklin Barbecue.
Spring Picnic Potluck & ABC Tour.

Each meeting is led by one or more members or special guests who focus on a style of cooking or a particular category of herb, often exploring the history and growing techniques of various herbs. Each member is expected to participate in some manner. Oh yes, be prepared to taste and eat!

The schedule sometimes includes a field trip to a member's home, an area restaurant, or local business. All Austin Herb Society members are welcome to attend. Meetings are not open to the general public.

For more information, contact Karla Renaud at or (603) 731-5105.


Zilker Botanical Garden
2220 Barton Spgs Rd.
Austin, TX 78746

Mission Statement

Provide education and encourage the cultivation and use of herbs for their beneficial purposes: medicinal, culinary, aromatic, as well as landscaping. Provide charitable and volunteer support to our non-profit community and community projects.

The Austin Herb Society, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) member- supported, nonprofit operating under the umbrella of the Austin Area Garden Council.